ANTIGO - The Antigo Police Department wants to find a family they believe trashed a rented home and then left.
Police found bugs, trash, and human feces in the home. The home is so bad the Health Department had to make sure the landlord could do something with it.
Police believe the family left everything inside the home. They found piles of garbage, open food containers, and human and animal feces throughout the home. Now the landlord is stuck with the costs of clean up and repairs.
"There was a lot of fecal matter throughout the house, both animal and human. They're really going to have to gut the house of all the furniture, belongings, carpet, and then [they'll have to] clean," said Antigo Police Department Chief of Police Eric Roller.
Police believe the family left abruptly. They left their clothes and even children's toys behind. Police did have contact with the family in late May. They think the family moved out of the state within the last few weeks.
"We've had some contact with them about abatement issues and trying to get them to clean up. I'm not really sure how much contact the landlord had with the renters before that," said Chief Roller.
They believe the family trashed the house on purpose.
"To us it seems a bit above an beyond just a messy house and poor living conditions. It somewhat seems intentional that they're trying to get back at the landlord or just damaging for one reason or another," said Chief Roller.
The Langlade County District Attorney's Office could file charges against the family. The Police hope the family will come forward and help the landlord with the cost of repairing the home. If not, a warrant could be issued for their arrest.
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
VILAS COUNTY - Many snowmobile trails in Eagle River still need more grooming after all three trail groomers went out of service. The trails didn't get groomed for four days last week because all three of the Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club's trail groomers need repairs.
The club hasn't had all of their groomers working for a couple of weeks. Sno-Eagles President Ken Storms said the trails took a big hit last week when all three went down. The club says it has made a concerted effort to catch up with trail grooming, and get the trails smoothed out.
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